U.S. Senator David Pryor (ret.) said of Jane Gray Krutz: “If there is a better story teller in Arkansas than Jane Gray Krutz, I don't know who it is. But each of her stories has a different meaning—a distinct message about life and how we can better live it.”
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Jane was a well-loved speaker to civic groups, church groups, and business gatherings for over 50 years. Before Jane died in March 2012 at the age of 86, she gathered together a collection of her speeches and favorite stories about growing up and growing old in her home state of Arkansas. She was a wife, mother, dedicated Christian, civic leader, volunteer, and businesswoman.
She was known to her audience as “Miss Jane” and served as an AETN volunteer for 47 years. She testified before Congress in 1995 to put the brakes on a cut to the PBS budget. She received a standing ovation from the committee.
She was also known for her humor and her laughter. She was not often recognized in public unless she spoke and her distinctive voice gave her away.
Retired Arkansas Senator Stanley Russ described Jane with this quote: “...her very life preaches a gospel sermon without saying a word. She lights up the room.”